What does the service engine light mean on a BMW? 

Have you ever been driving home in your trusty BMW, only to have your “Service Engine Soon” light ding and turn on? If you’ve wondered what exactly that light means and what you need to do about it, don’t worry! You’re not alone in this stressful situation.

To start with, there’s no need to panic! Basically, the car runs tests on itself all the time. You just have to take a look at what the problem is in order to figure out whether or not you can fix it yourself (and if you can’t, EuroCar Service is here to help with professional BMW repair!)

Check Engine Light
Fortunately, your BMW will provide you with cues and warning messages, depending on the situation. An amber-colored check engine light indicates a minor problem that might not even be affecting the way the car drives. A red-colored check engine light is far more serious and might indicate that driving your car in its current state could be dangerous or damaging. Lastly, if the check engine light is only half filled in, it means that the engine has put itself into “limp mode” in order to protect both you and the engine. This type of light can indicate a severe problem with your car and you should be sure to get it looked at right away.

Since we first opened in 1981, EuroCar Service has been providing top-tier auto repair to quality auto brands including Audi, Volvo, Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes, VW Volkswagen, Saab, and Mini Cooper. All of our technicians are ASE- and emission-certified and we have over 20 years of total experience in the auto maintenance and repair industries between all of our employees. If your service engine light is on, feel free to call upon our experienced service advisors for help. You can drop by the auto shop, call (206) 527-8828, or contact us online to schedule an appointment!